!Epub ♾ Patriot Games ♉ Tom Clancy S Patriot Games Is Filled With The Exceptional Realism And Authenticity That Distinguished The Author S Two Previous Bestsellers, Hunt For Red October And Red Storm Rising Patriot Games Puts Us On The Cutting Edge Of Another Type Of War The International Battle Of Terrorism It Is Fall Years Before The Defection Of A Soviet Submarine Will Send Him Hurtling Into Confrontation With The Soviets, Historian, Ex Marine And CIA Analyst Jack Ryan Is Vacationing In London With His Wife And Young Daughter, When A Terrorist Attack Takes Place Before His Eyes Instinctively, He Dives Forward To Break It Up, And Is Shot It Is Not Until He Wakes Up In The Hospital That He Learns Whose Lives He Has Saved The Prince And Princess Of Wales And Their New Young Son And Which Enemies He Has Made The Ulster Liberation Army, An Ultra Left Wing Splinter Of The IRABy His Impulsive Act, He Has Gained Both The Gratitude Of A Nation And Then Enmity Of Hits Most Dangerous Men Men Who Do Not Sit On Their Hate And In The Weeks And Months To Come, It Is Jack Ryan, And His Family, Who Will Become The Targets Of That Hate
Dude books I call them palette cleansers because sometimes I just get tired of reading about FEELINGS and EMOTIONS and THOUGHTS This book didn t have any of those other things It had intrigue, machismo, swearing, guns, and violence Pretty much pg 13 level, nothing too too much.But it also had bravery, mystery, and for reals the main guy likes his wife and kid And he doesn t cheat on her Two thumbs up.So, in all, a bit insight than the movie version, but pretty much the gist of it And now my palette has been cleansed On to girl books once. 5 star Executive Summary After enjoying The Hunt for Red October, I had high hopes for this book, and found myself a bit disappointed.Audio book I ve listened to one or two books read by Scott Brick He s a decent reader, but nothing special He does a passable English and Irish accent here, but not in anyway to make the characters of similar accents distinguishable from one another He does a better job of that with his American voices, but still not great I d happily listen to another book read by him, but wouldn t rank him among my favorite readers Full Review I ve seen every Jack Ryan movie they ve made and enjoyed most of them , including this one, but this is only my 3rd book in the series I ve read This is one of the few cases where I think the movie is better though.I rather enjoyed The Hunt for Red October, which I think had a slightly better reader plus a bunch of sound effects that really added to the experience.The real core of my disappointment here was the pacing The book starts out great and ends pretty well, but really got bogged down inbetween After a pretty exciting start the next quarter or so seemed to just drag on.See Jack Ryan, budding Analyst and he recovers in a hospital Contain your excitement as he tours old castles along the English Country side Watch your anticipation grow and you wonder Will Jack be able to put together his daughter s Christmas presents while recovering from his wounds Eventually though things started to pick back and up and I thought I was over a rough patch Unfortunately things slowed back down again for awhile before a pretty enjoyable finish.Mr Clancy offers a variety of POVs to give the reader the details from both the terrorists and those trying to catch them I like this idea, though the execution was lacking in my opinion If the goal was to accurately portray the tedium and frustration of a CIA analyst, then this book succeeds However if the goal was to mix in reality with fiction to tell an exciting spy thriller, this book fell short for me I think for me this was best contrasted by the book I was reading while listening to this The Deaths of Tao is a spy thriller with a sci fi setting, where aliens secretly run the world Wesley Chu is far less known successful than Tom Clancy yet I found his book far exciting.While I found this book disappointing, it hasn t completely put me off of the series or Tom Clancy I may switch to try our his John Clark books instead though I mostly likely won t be buying my next Clancy book though, and will borrow it from the library instead. Review to follow A prequel to The Hunt for Red October that came a few years before, this takes us back and makes the common mistake of presenting a younger version of a protagonist that really does not seem consistent with the one we met in a later story As if that wasn t enough, the real life prince of Wales figures and that whole storyline sinks the entire story To top it off, Clancy seems to have struggled with his obviously pre defined volume this time around very long parts of this book could easily have been cut and nothing would have been lost Disappointing entry, but he revenged himself with The Cardinal of the Kremlin. I heard that Tom Clancy hated the movie this book inspired Having read it, i can understand why Nobody likes it when someone takes your idea and makes it enjoyable This is another one of Tom Clancy s political statements disguised as a novel, with the IRA representing communism The Pacing is dull, the story unbelievable and at times hilarious I suppose though my biggest problem is with Clancy s notion that Ryan is somehow able or even capable of doing half of what he undergos, just because he s a former marine with a career of 3 months and who d never seen combat Especially as in HFRO, he can barely keep his cool when being shot at by a cook In reality, Ryan would have been struck dumb by it all like everyone else, and even if he hadn t, if he had gone head to head with an IRA gunman, they would have eaten him for breakfast I know that to Clancy s mind the rest of the world is small and inferior compared to anyone born in the states but the IRA are tough bastards, not the sort a history teacher would knock out with one tackle.Also, why does Clancy always refer to the royal family with their titles 3.5 to 4.0 stars Third Jack Ryan book published but first in terms of internal chronology as the events take place before those in The Hunt for Red October While I enjoyed some of the later Ryan novels especially those in which John Clark and his crew played a major part , this is still a quality thriller and certainly worth a read A pretty good Clancy novel is still much better than a lot of the junk that is out there. Somehow, people like this book Other people complain about the slow plot, or the level of detail, or the lack of action I was perfectly fine with all of this, and in fact, I quite liked the idea that injuries were taken seriously and meant that people were out of action for a long time The thing that makes this book truly bad is the lack of development of any of the characters, particularly Jack Ryan He is possibly the worst Mary Sue character I ve read in such a widely published book He is perfect in every way he is incredibly smart, women find him attractive but he s humble and doesn t think he s handsome , everybody loves him but he feels uncomfortable around too many people and prefers just a few close friends He is a tough ex marine with great combat sense, reflexes, and a sense of honor to match, but he is also a history professor and a legitimate academic All his students universally love him, even though he s a really hard teacher He is super rich and has a beautiful house in a secluded location He loves his perfect family The Queen of England is his biggest fan He manages to win the friendship of Prince Charles by telling him off I could go on with so many examples None of his problems are internal, derive from personal flaws, or are even all that troubling He s like that guy at a job interview who, when asked what his biggest weakness is, says something like I guess I m just too hard a worker, or something equally uninformative and boring Everything he is challenged with in this story is external, and though clearly dangerous, it is only superficially so.One particularly bad section of the novel centers on Jack s plane flight home from England Clancy waxes lyrical about the tragic events of Ryan s past having made him afraid of airplanes and flying Many pages are devoted to this description, but we learn nothing fundamental about Jack, only some details about his history This scene unfortunately draws a direct comparison with a particular James Bond novel Live and Let Die, I believe when Bond is flying from the United States to Jamaica and his plane is caught in a bad thunderstorm With only a few short paragraphs of inner monologue, we see Bond, who we just saw handle himself calmly and cooly in multiple situations of extreme peril, become terrified of death in an airplane crash He becomes almost insensible until the danger passes, and we learn that what Bond is truly afraid of is his own powerlessness in this situation It speaks volumes about the character Jack Ryan has no such moment, nor anything close He is entirely content, unperturbed, and unmotivated Jack Ryan is the very image of self satisfied rich white American culture from the mid 1980s, and while that itself does not necessarily make him a bad character, the superficial way in which it is handled does.I will sum up by saying that this book essentially reads like a bad British Monarchy fanfiction with an incredibly transparent main character. When I read an old bestseller like this, I always ask myself if I would have recognized its potential In this case no way, rejectorama I couldn t bring myself to read than a third of it which, by the way, amounted to 250 pages.What happened in those pages There s a great opener where Jack Ryan is almost hit by a bus and barely exhales before he is swept into a kidnapping attempt on the British royal family That contrast between the near disaster, his relief and reorientation, and then the real disaster is very well done But it s all downhill from there as we feel the boredom of waiting around to be discharged from the hospital, interrupted by multiple, totally gratuitous visits from members of the royal family who express their deep admiration of Ryan, but in awkwardly bantering ways Once he gets out of the hospital, we re taken on a tourist visit to the Tower of London which feels like a transcript of the actual tour, except for awkward bantering at the end about how special Jack is Not sure he s special In addition to being a former banker, Marine, current college professor and we quickly learn CIA agent, and on top of his oh so American down to earth humility and sexy, devoted, symbolically fertile wife, he gets knighted and is now Sir John Ryan His universally adored daughter is given horse riding lessons by the royal family, although I didn t read far enough to learn whether she also gets a fairy princess wedding or a unicorn or whatever.I read for a good bit after he gets back from the UK, but there was no point, since it doesn t become good and is less hilariously bad after that I was amazed at the slack, daydreamy pace of this novel, especially having the seen the movie which I recall as rather exciting Daydream is le mot juste because this does feel like the fantasy life of a certain kind of person who is not me I scoffed aloud when I hit the transparent description of the luxurious and attractive, and also tactically complex, landscape surrounding Ryan s family home When are they going get to the fireworks factoryI give up.